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Government continues to show its contempt for the lower paid- Lynn Boylan MEP

14 May, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has blasted the government for dismissing any plans to increase the minimum wage.

Ms Boylan was speaking in light of the Department of Finance’s submission to the Low Pay Commission, which argued against increasing the minimum wage.

The Dublin MEP said:

“Here again we have this Labour- Fine Gael coalition blatantly displaying its utter contempt for those on the minimum wage, the working poor.

“The Department of Finance not only recommends no increase in minimum wage, but also proposes that the minimum wage rate should be eligible for future cuts.

“Ireland has a growing problem when it comes to low pay and the exploitation of workers, especially in relation to female employees. The incidence of low pay is generally higher among women – 17% of male employees are low paid, while the figure for women is 26%

“This country now has the third highest rate of underemployment in the EU, with 127,300 workers across the state underemployed.

We also have the second highest percentage of low-paying jobs in the OCED. The inadequacy of low paid workers incomes is reflected in official data on poverty in Ireland.

The CSO reports rising levels of in-work poverty. In 2013 12% of those living below the poverty line were working.”

Ms Boylan continued:

 “I don’t see how the government Low Pay Commission can work if the government itself is advocating no increase in the minimum wage.

Sinn Féin want to see all workers receive a decent living wage. There are too many working people living in poverty under this governments watch.”

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